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Growing Private Investment in Urban Redevelopment

The redevelopment of American cities is not what it used to be. Once largely led by the federal government as a response to urban blight, urban revitalization is becoming more market driven, local, and self-supporting. Many federal funding programs are now in jeopardy, but there… Read more

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Breaking Down Barriers: Goose Island Proposal Is In The Zone
Urban Planning

Breaking Down Barriers: Goose Island Proposal Is In The Zone

A city of Chicago redevelopment is bent on removing manufacturing zoning to open the doors to mixed-use living within a first-time emphasis on residential housing in an area that's been monolithically industrial for decades. Can it be done? In a city that has its share of similar success stories, you could say that what's past is prologue. Since 2001 to 2016, the percentage of commercial-oriented businesses in the Goose Island quadrant of the city has been greatly increased while any whiff of residential game-planning has been significantly restrained due to local ordinances. Now, that historical has a chance to change given a dose of public-driven support and the easing o… Read more
The Vicious Cycle of Turning Around Properties
Environmental Due Diligence

The Vicious Cycle of Turning Around Properties

"If we don't clean them up, who will?" This was the perspective of a mayor testifying before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in March, his testimony and that of the other invited witnesses in support of an extension to the EPA Brownfield Grant program. A program that today, in a significantly reduced version of its former self, fights for its very life. As the panel offered its testimony, witnesses shined the familiar light on the body count: The estimated census of Brownfield sites reported to be close to one million. One million properties that potential purchasers and developers are actively avoiding due to the real or perceived presence of envi… Read more

Risk Management

Insuring Project Risk, Assuring Risk Management
Risk Management

Insuring Project Risk, Assuring Risk Management

When you think of risk management in the context of smart growth best-practices, what comes to mind first? Is it risk management that connects to crafting a solid, right-sized insurance… Read more
When the Indemnity Fails: Insurance as a Back-Stop
Risk Management

When the Indemnity Fails: Insurance as a Back-Stop

Access to capital and stricter lender underwriting standards are often cited as significant hurdles to buyers. Increasingly, environmental impairment liability insurance is being required by lenders as a condition of… Read more
Methods That Should Be On Your Radar
Risk Management

Methods That Should Be On Your Radar

Geophysical surveys can be the bedrock of today’s environmental projects, from locating abandoned underground storage tanks (USTs) and utilities, to complex mapping of geology in remedial investigations, to finding landfill… Read more


Urban

An Upscale Coffee Shop That Doesn’t Jibe with Regular Joe
Urban Planning

An Upscale Coffee Shop That Doesn’t Jibe with Regular Joe

We have long chronicled stories at Renewal and Redevelopment about urban gentrification cases of the most visceral kind: Those cases where residents are displaced, banished to start anew in places… Read more
Driving Home a New Redevelopment Vision
Urban Planning

Driving Home a New Redevelopment Vision

Hey, owning a car and getting dibs on a permanent underground parking spot at a shiny new condominium is overrated, right? How about an urban redevelopment where everything is available… Read more
Goats for New Growth: Community Orchard Arises in the Rose City
Urban Planning

Goats for New Growth: Community Orchard Arises in the Rose City

For at least 20 years, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ's) Cleanup program has addressed brownfield sites across the state, often working in partnership with sister state agencies, local… Read more


Waterfront Redevelopment

Waterfront Brownfields 2.0
Waterfront Redevelopment

Waterfront Brownfields 2.0

No longer can politicians talk about rediscovering their city’s neglected waterfront; half a century after cities such as Pittsburgh and Baltimore had their first waterfront redevelopment a trend is well… Read more
A Mill(ion) Dollar Opportunity
Waterfront Redevelopment

A Mill(ion) Dollar Opportunity

The transformed complex has brought millions of dollars in new business investments to the community’s struggling economy. I think what really made this mill redevelopment project was the city’s bold,… Read more

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